Diabetes can be a life-threatening disease if not closely monitored, and finding out if you have it typically requires a series of blood tests and medical analysis. But what if someone could find out if they have the disease simply by taking a breathalyzer test?
That’s the promise of a new sensor developed by chemists at the University of Pittsburgh through the use of nanotechnology, carefully honed chemistry, and computer modeling, Alexander Starr, an associate professor of chemistry at Pitt and the lead investigator on the project, told Design News in an email. “Breath analysis is a noninvasive, rapid, and economic alternative to standard blood analysis,” he told us. “It can be viewed as an alternative tool for the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes without the pain of the blood test.”
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.